In a significant move, Marvel Studios has decided to sever ties with actor Jonathan Majors in the aftermath of his recent guilty verdict. Majors, who played the role of Kang the Conqueror, is set to lose his key position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), including his portrayal of the character in the upcoming ‘Avengers’ films.
Sources with direct knowledge have confirmed that Marvel will not proceed with any projects involving Majors, resulting in a major setback for the actor who was poised to become a central figure in the MCU. The decision comes shortly after his guilty verdict on two counts, including reckless assault and harassment, in a criminal trial where he faced charges related to an alleged incident with his ex-girlfriend.
Majors’ dismissal from Marvel encompasses the termination of his role as Kang the Conqueror, a character he portrayed in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’ and two seasons of the Disney+ show ‘Loki.’ Initially positioned as a pivotal villain akin to Thanos in the MCU, Majors was set to continue his role in at least two more Marvel films.
The abrupt decision by Marvel indicates a significant shift in their plans, with the two upcoming ‘Avengers’ films now set to explore alternative directions without Majors. The studio had reportedly been considering options even before the trial, and the guilty verdict seems to have accelerated their decision.
It remains uncertain whether Marvel will recast the role of Kang the Conqueror or introduce an entirely new antagonist. Nevertheless, the swift response from Marvel indicates that Majors, facing the loss of millions of dollars, will not be part of the MCU’s future projects.
Majors’ attorney has hinted at a potential appeal, expressing the actor’s intent to clear his name. However, Marvel/Disney has chosen not to wait for legal proceedings to conclude, signaling a decisive and immediate separation from the embattled actor.